Hearing Premier Christy Clark reject the challenge by opposition leader Adrian Dix to debate the HST makes one wonder if she understands what office she ran for and got elected to.
She claims “the NDP were trying to politicize the issue… We won’t be playing those games,” said Clark. “This is about a major tax policy decision and not leaders of political parties.”
Well, welcome to the province of British Columbia, planet Earth, Ms. Premier. What could be more political than a major change in tax policy? What could be more useful to citizens trying to make up their mind on the referendum question than a good old-fashioned head-to-head debate between two central proponents on opposite sides of the question?
She is no longer hosting a radio talk show where she gets to pick the topics and cut-off troublesome guests. She owes it to the people of BC to leave her protective bubble and engage in the to and fro of democratic debate. What is she afraid of?